July 30, 2016

School Supplies for OCC Shoebox Stockpile Saturday ~ 7/30/2016

I stopped by Office Depot on my way home from church and picked up some penny deals and the colored pencils for our Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes:

Office Depot Back to School deals for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.

My sister was able to stop by Office Depot and get three more packs of the colored pencils.

Crayola Colored Pencils for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.

I had a beauty club (that I got in part from my Ivory deal) ECB that was going to expire, so I picked up two of the 4/$10 T-shirts for free!  I also got a free Lollipop with another transaction [UPDATE 2017--candy no longer allowed]:

Spent from shoebox packing budget: $3.30

Added to stockpile:
  • 3 school supply boxes
  • 18 mechanical pencils
  • 3 packs index cards
  • 6 packs colored pencils
  • 2 T-shirts
  • 1 lollipop 
Check out our Colored Pencil Brand Test to compare brands for your Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.

July 23, 2016

Dozens of Items for our OCC Shoebox Stockpile Saturday ~ 7/23/2016

After church on Sunday I did some Operation Christmas Child shoebox shopping.  First, I stopped at Office Depot to get some of the penny deals (got the paper with the rebate to get up to the $5 minimum purchase).  We use the paper in our Handmade Coloring Books or Sketch Pads.

Office Depot penny deals for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.

Then I ran to Dollar Tree to take advantage of their 10% off deal-I picked up the rest of the things I needed to pack sample shoeboxes based on my "3 OCC shoeboxes for $29 from Dollar Tree" blog post-got some cute things!  Plus a ball pump.
Dollar Tree shopping for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.

Also, I forgot to post last week that we got in on the Kmart washcloth deal, unfortunately with white washcloths-but at $0.03 a piece instead of $0.50+, couldn't pass it up!

We got an email from Kmart saying we'd get any reward points we used (up to $20, with restrictions), so I used my washcloth rewards (plus a few more) to get the below, I don't think I quite got all my points back, some must have been on clearance or something, but still a good deal, now just to be sure to use the bonus points before they expire 7/30.

Stopped by Hobby Lobby to check for the reported 80% off clearance.  I found these foam gliders, it worked out to 30 cents a glider

I also ran into Mighty Dollar to pick up some supper cute things we'd seen and Mom wanted to get while we could for next year's 2 to 4 year old girl boxes, plus I picked up a few more math kits for next year.

Mighty Dollar Toys for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.

Also, we realized through a tip that the scissors weren't the ones Office Depot advertised, so we emailed to say we were disappointed it wasn't the same, and they gave us a partial refund, so that helps the packing budget! :)

Spent from shoebox packing budget: $45.11

Added to stockpile:
  • 3 pencil sharpeners
  • 3 spiral notebooks
  • 3 pencil cases
  • 9 erasers
  • 1 ball pump
  • 3 lined notebooks
  • 2 plain pads of paper
  • 1 coloring book
  • 4 eraser & sharpener combos
  • 4 pens
  • 12 pencils
  • 6 stencils
  • 1 pack of crayons
  • 3 combs
  • 3 toothbrushes & holders
  • 4 washcloths
  • 3 balls
  • 1 puzzle
  • 1 bag marbles
  • 1 waterbottle
  • 1 totebag
  • multible hair bands
  • 1 board book
  • 4 prisims 
  • 1 baby doll
  • 10 stuffed animals
  • 10 pulling toys
  • 3 math sets
  • 6 gliders
  • 1 Dinosaur
  • 1 Hotwheel Track 
We include a stuffed animal or doll in each box we pack.  Want to know why?  You can read our thoughts here:  Why We Include a Stuffed Animal in All of Our Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

July 16, 2016

Office Depot Sales for OCC Shoebox Stockpile Saturday ~ 7/16/2016

Everything we got this week for the Operation Christmas Child "Shoebox Stockpile" came from Office Depot this week.

Office Depot back to school sales for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.
From the loss leaders this week - pencils and pencil cases for a penny and crayons for a quarter

Scissors to include in Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.
I got in on the 50 cent scissor deal while it was going on-I also had a $10 off $50, as I had to get $35 for free shipping anyhow, I got more.  So,  I got them for like $0.21 instead of like $2.20 a pair!  It's enough for a few years-but at such a good deal I thought it was worth getting ahead.

Spent from shoebox packing budget: $43.56

Added to stockpile:
  • 3 pencil cases
  • 3 dozen pencils
  • 3 packs Crayola
  • 200 scissors 
Wondering what the best brands of crayons are for Operation Christmas Child shoebox packing?  Check out our posts on Crayon Brand Coloring & Melting Tests.

July 9, 2016

Hygiene & Toys for OCC Shoebox Stockpile Saturday ~ 7/9/2016

I got some needed, and some fun things this week for our Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.

My biggest purchase was hygiene items at CVS (for more info on saving money shopping at CVS, check out my other blog Simply CVS.  They had two deals I took advantage of:

Ivory Soap for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.
  • IVORY BAR SOAP-buy 1 get one half off-spend $30 get $10 ECB with the coupons I had, it worked out to $0.22 a bar.
  • ORAL-B TOOTHBRUSH 2 or 4 count get $4 ECB back, I found this 2 pack for $4.99, so about $0.50 per toothbrush, not the best price, but nice toothbrushes, and I feel the better the toothbrush the longer it'll last.
Dollar General clearance for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.

I also stopped by Dollar General-found a couple small Lego type kits on clearance, and found this Lincoln Log type kit as part of the 3 day sale 50% off, so it was $5.  Now, it's too big to fit in one box, but it includes 3 buildings, so I plan to build them, then bag them in three sets (with picture and instructions) which should make a fun, but able to fit, toy for 3 little 2 to 4 year old boys or girls.

Finally, saw these eraser pencil grips at a local dollar store, and decided to buy them for most of our 2-4 year old shoeboxes, thought it might help little hands learning to write.

Went back to the dollar store later in the week found this shirt, these 2 packs of flip-flops (originally $5.99) some extra ball inflating needles, cute Gund stuffed animals, and a cute friendship bracelet kit-has a little hardback instruction book, plus some floss and charms.

It has a big empty place in the back-plan to fill it with floss, beads, and other supplies to save room and make it even better! :)

Spent from shoebox packing budget: $20.48

Spent from gift cards I earned or I won online: $30.29

Added to stockpile:
  • 80 bars Ivory soap
  • 4 Oral-B toothbrushes
  • 2 Lego type kits
  • 1 Lincoln Logs type kit (plan to split between 3 boxes)
  • 24 Eraser pencil grips
Each Saturday Sarah shares our additions to our OCC stockpile.  You can see the whole series here:  Shoebox Stockpile Saturday ~ Adding to Our Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Stockpile.

July 2, 2016

Walmart Shopping for OCC Shoebox Stockpile Saturday ~ 7/2/2016

My dad and I ran into WalMart to check out the school sale for our Operation Christmas Child stockpile and for him to look at the fishing line for the fishing kits we're making for his 10-14 year old boy shoeboxes.  Had good success-my store didn't seem to have the school supplies out in the seasonal area-that looked more like 4th of July, but they still had the roll-back prices so I got some notebooks for 17 cents each and Crayolas for 50 cents [check out our Crayon Brand Coloring & Heat Stress Tests].  My dad also found some fishing line at a good price he liked.

Walmart deal shopping for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.

Spent from shoebox packing budget: $9.28

Added to stockpile:
  • 35 spiral notebooks
  • 2 boxes crayons
  • 1 spool fishing line

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